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What to do about our ageing population? Give ’em all a job

By the Guardian

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  • Besides being good for the economy ... it gives “purpose” to those who want to keep working. And that is an important thing for longevity.

  • I retired at 72 because I was ready to cut back & could afford to. I am fully enjoying my retirement. I was fortunate to be in a career that allowed me to work as long as I wanted to w/o heavy physical requirements. I believe that readiness is key to successful retirement & had older colleagues who are

    I retired at 72 because I was ready to cut back & could afford to. I am fully enjoying my retirement. I was fortunate to be in a career that allowed me to work as long as I wanted to w/o heavy physical requirements. I believe that readiness is key to successful retirement & had older colleagues who are still working. with creative employment practices business could take advantage of older, experienced workers AND provide mentorship & advancement opportunities for young workers as well. we don't have to choose either/or.

  • I’m 54 and having invested well, will be “retiring” early 2019 - like many others, for decades I have worked in an industry that I really had no deep interest in, but because it was stable well paid work, I stuck to it for the sake of my family. Now, I am absolutely thrilled to finally be able to pursue

    I’m 54 and having invested well, will be “retiring” early 2019 - like many others, for decades I have worked in an industry that I really had no deep interest in, but because it was stable well paid work, I stuck to it for the sake of my family. Now, I am absolutely thrilled to finally be able to pursue the many interests and hobbies I’ve had to put aside - money is now only a secondary consideration and purpose.

  • Also the disabled like me.

    who worked all my life and get peanuts. The Govt takes i to a certain level and that is it. no incentive to take yourself to another level without jeopardizing benefits. i hate sitting on my ass waiting to die.

  • Where I live, in the SF Bay Area, I know there are old people who are still working because they have to, not because they want to. Some of them I've spoken with are wo because they want to, but not all of them. They're also filling a niche because many young people who don't make a ton of money in the

    Where I live, in the SF Bay Area, I know there are old people who are still working because they have to, not because they want to. Some of them I've spoken with are wo because they want to, but not all of them. They're also filling a niche because many young people who don't make a ton of money in the high-tech sector have been pushed out of the area by high rents and the cost of living here.

  • I’m 62 and have a very demanding job in the Construction world - Project Management. I’ve been doing this now for almost 30 years - 20 of those owning a Contracting business. Don’t see quitting until at least 70. The main benefit there is that’s the max value for Social Security payments & spousal death

    I’m 62 and have a very demanding job in the Construction world - Project Management. I’ve been doing this now for almost 30 years - 20 of those owning a Contracting business. Don’t see quitting until at least 70. The main benefit there is that’s the max value for Social Security payments & spousal death benefits. If I’m lucky & my health holds up, I may still keep going - unless my wife decides otherwise!! ;>). Don’t see myself on the couch watching the news - TV is so overrated & playing golf 4-5 days a week won’t cut it either! Charity work is a definite option & maybe I’ll put some $ where my mouth is on political ideas & candidates. There’s a lot to do!!

    BTW as my wife reminded me, and as I’m reading these comments retirement is a $ number, not an age. This will become way more important with time because of long term healthcare expenses, especially for those who have pre-existing conditions!

  • One certain change in the decades to come, is that more people will be working for longer.

  • 72 and still working in my accounting practice. But we are growing and i would really like to hand off some or even most of the day to day. But can’t find many part time workers to help with the expansion.

  • Having retired 5 months ago at the age of 64 I can honestly say that I have not been bored for a moment.....I think I have watched about 12 hours of tv in that time.......financial planning and a good health cate plan allows me to enjoy the golden years.......and if I do get bored I can always don the

    Having retired 5 months ago at the age of 64 I can honestly say that I have not been bored for a moment.....I think I have watched about 12 hours of tv in that time.......financial planning and a good health cate plan allows me to enjoy the golden years.......and if I do get bored I can always don the blue apron at Home Depot......but that day has not arrived!

  • It’s interesting how productivity is linked to youth. Young people are so consumed by their social lives — I’d wager they are no more productive than the average 70 year old.

  • I'm working the rest of my life because I want to. How about you?

  • I am planning for retirement and my husband was forced to take early retirement during the financial crisis. My goal when I retire not work at a job because I have to work. If I am able to do something I have a passion to do.

  • Two and a half years ago my wife said, “You can wait until you are on your death bed to retire”! I said, “OK, I will turn in my notice tomorrow”. Two weeks after retirement I started a year part time (easy) job at an auto parts store.

  • Not to rain on the parade, but one of the issues contributing to under employment by younger Americans (40 and under) is the fact that Baby Boomers have feathered their nests with cushy jobs and won’t retire leaving the jobs occupied and freezing high salaries that could be used to hire 2-4 younger employees.

  • Work ,engage in life,be part of the dream it’s all there

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